11 days in France, Monaco & Cinque Terre Itinerary

11 days in France, Monaco & Cinque Terre Itinerary

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11 days in France, Monaco & Cinque Terre Itinerary

Lyon, France
Lyon, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h
Montpellier, France
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Marsilly, France
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Cannes, France
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
Nice, France
— 1 night
train:  15​min
La Condamine, Monaco
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
Fontvieille, Monaco
— 1 night
bus:  15​min
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
bus:  15​min
Monaco-Ville, Monaco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
train:  3​h
Milan, Italy

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Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally take a stroll through Croix-Rousse.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon online trip builder .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport and Chambéry-Savoie Airport. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Montpellier.

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#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

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Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): shop like a local with Place de la Comedie, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Esplanade d'Europe, then learn about winemaking at Chateau de Flaugergues, and finally kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Travers.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Montpellier trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Lyon to Montpellier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marsilly.

Things to do in Montpellier

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

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Plage du Petit Travers
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Chateau de Flaugergues ©
Chateau de Flaugergues

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Marsilly, France

Marsilly ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Cognac J. Normandin-Mercier, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Martin d'Esnandes, and then make a trip to Maison de la Baie du Marais poitevin.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Marsilly journey planner .

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Marsilly takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Montpellier in July; daily highs in Marsilly reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Marsilly

#Tours, #Breweries, #Shopping

Side Trips

Esnandes, Cognac J. Normandin-Mercier
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Cognac J. Normandin-Mercier ©
Cognac J. Normandin-Mercier
Eglise Saint-Martin d'Esnandes ©
Eglise Saint-Martin d'Esnandes

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Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue d'Antibes and then take a stroll through Le Suquet. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and then step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cannes day trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Marsilly to Cannes with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Marsilly in July: highs in Cannes hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

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Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

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Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and then steep yourself in history at Villa Grecque Kerylos.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Nice trip tool .

Nice is just a short distance from Cannes. Traveling from Cannes in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to La Condamine.

Things to do in Nice

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Villa Grecque Kerylos
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Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
Villa Grecque Kerylos ©
Villa Grecque Kerylos

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La Condamine, Monaco

La Condamine ©
La Condamine is the central Ward in the Principality of Monaco. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stop by BOMO - Book Boutique of Monaco, explore the fascinating underground world of Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique), and then see the interesting displays at Le Nouveau Musee National.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Condamine itinerary maker .

La Condamine is just a short distance from Nice. July in La Condamine sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fontvieille.

Things to do in La Condamine

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
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Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique) ©
Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique)
Le Nouveau Musee National ©
Le Nouveau Musee National

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Fontvieille, Monaco

Fontvieille ©
Fontvieille is the southernmost ward in the Principality of Monaco. On the 24th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Stamps and Money Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fontvieille trip planner .

Fontvieille is very close to La Condamine. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Fontvieille

#Museums
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Port de Fontvieille ©
Port de Fontvieille

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days
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
On the 25th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Le Metropole Shopping Center, then make a trip to Casino Square, and then try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Casino, then make a trip to Chapelle Sainte Devote, and then kick back and relax at Larvotto Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo road trip planner.

Monte-Carlo is just a stone's throw from Fontvieille. July in Monte-Carlo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Monaco-Ville.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Larvotto Beach ©
Larvotto Beach
Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo
Casino Square ©
Casino Square

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Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Monaco-Ville ©
Jutting out of the dramatic cliffs of Monaco sits Monaco-Ville, one of the nation's oldest towns.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, then make a trip to The Palace Guards, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, and finally get outside with Stade Nautique Rainier III.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Monaco-Ville route app .

Monaco-Ville is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

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Stade Nautique Rainier III ©
Stade Nautique Rainier III
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Saint Nicholas Cathedral ©
Saint Nicholas Cathedral

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria and then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre day trip website .

You can drive from Monaco-Ville to Cinque Terre in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monaco-Ville in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Cinque Terre. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train back home.

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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Castello Doria ©
Castello Doria

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